History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 499: Senior Seminar in History

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Spring 2011

HIST 499-002:
African American Communities in Loudon County, Virginia  —  Wendi N. Manuel-Scott

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T —  Robinson B203

History 499 course is a writing-intensive seminar designed to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in History 300. This section of 499 will focus on African American communities in Loudoun County, Virginia. To complete the course successfully students must research and write a 20-25 page original paper. The research and writing process will include multiple drafts and revisions. In this course students will spend most of the semester doing original research in primary sources and writing their senior thesis paper. Students will need to make required research trips off-campus to the Library of Congress and other local archives, including the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia. Students will also have the opportunity to complete tours/site visits of African American communities and historic places in Loudoun County. The lectures, discussions, films, tours/site visits, and readings are designed to encourage students to consider the African American experience in Loudoun County from a variety of perspectives. Students will choose an appropriate topic for research, locate secondary and primary sources, evaluate the sources, synthesize and organize evidence, and communicate the results in a well-written senior thesis paper. In this course, the class will not always meet as a group and students will regularly share their findings and drafts with classmates.

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses.

Satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis..

Prerequisites:

History majors with 90 credits, ENGL 302/ENGH 302, HIST 300, and completion or concurrent enrollment in all Mason Core courses.

Notes:

Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history.

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